Loreen Arbus, Founder & Chair of Women Who Care and Edward R. Matthews, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, today announced Natalie Morales, News Anchor and Co-Host of the third hour of NBC's TODAY Show, will host the 12th Annual Women Who Care Luncheon.
The luncheon, to be held Monday, May 6th, at Cipriani 42nd Street, benefits United Cerebral Palsy of New York City and celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of women as professionals, caregivers, and volunteers.
"When I attended the Women Who Care luncheon two years ago, I was deeply impressed with the women honored and the ongoing efforts of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City," says Natalie Morales. "Their mission and work improves the lives of thousands of children, families, and adults throughout New York City. I'm honored to host this celebration of amazing women from different walks of life in an effort to raise awareness and support for a very worthy cause."
"Natalie's longtime dedication and work on behalf of women, children, and families combined with her own extraordinary accomplishments as a journalist made her the perfect choice to be our new host," says Ms. Arbus, Disability Rights Activist/Producer/Philanthropist and Founder and Chair of Women Who Care. "We are thrilled that Natalie will be playing a major role in helping us to shine a much-needed media light on the largest minority in the world: people living with disabilities."
"Natalie Morales cares deeply about helping others," says Edward R. Matthews, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City. "She is also an excellent example of a woman who has broken the glass ceiling, making her a wonderful choice to Host the luncheon. We are incredibly grateful to Ms. Morales for taking the time to help us raise awareness and funds for the comprehensive programs and services UCP of NYC provides year-round to thousands of people."
This marks the first year Ms. Morales performs hosting duties for the luncheon. Donna Hanover, the former First Lady of New York City, previously hosted the event since its launch in 2002. This year she will take on the new role of Honorary Co-Chair.
In the coming weeks, honorees and celebrity presenters for the star-studded event will be announced. Previous Women Who Care honorees include Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Gayle King, Lauren Bush Lauren, Susan Lucci, singer Amy Lee, and Ms. Morales' former colleague Ann Curry.
Past celebrity presenters include: Cynthia McFadden, Diane Von Furstenberg, Jimmy Smits, Cynthia Nixon, Ivanka Trump, Danny Glover, Meredith Vieira, Alan Rickman, Deborah Norville, Dr. Oz, CBS News Anchor Maurice Dubois, "Mad Men" star Cara Buono, Good Day New York's Mike Woods, Regis Philbin, former President of Chile Michelle Bachelet, CEO of the Hearst Corporation Frank Bennack, Jr., and many other stars and VIPS.